Heart disease is not only common in humans; pets can also suffer from congenital (present from birth) or acquired heart problems. It is a very serious disease that can lead to death if untreated or detected too late. This is why routine veterinary checkups are necessary. During these exams, our team will use diagnostics like blood tests, ultrasounds, and X-rays to detect a heart malfunction.
What causes pets to develop cardiac disease?
Four factors may cause your pet to have cardiac issues:
- Genetics: Many pets are born with heart defects.
- Age: During the golden years, it's normal for some pets to develop issues like leaky heart valves.
- Lifestyle: A combination of the food your pet eats and the amount of exercise can result in obesity which is linked to cardiac disease.
- Parasites: Heartworms can live inside your pet's heart and cause blockage and irreparable damage, leading to heart failure.
What are signs that my pet has cardiac problems?
Some signs that your pet may have heart problems include fainting, fatigue, laboured breathing, and weight loss. We strongly encourage pet owners to consult a veterinarian as soon as they notice these signs. Regular checkups can catch the disease earlier and provide treatment before it worsens. To schedule an appointment, call us at 250-376-6797.
What treatments do you offer for cardiac disease?
There are various heart issues and many different forms of treatment. By running the necessary tests, our team can accurately diagnose your pet and decide which treatment will be the most effective. We may recommend one or more of the following:
- Surgery: This is necessary to insert a pacemaker or to repair torn valves.
- Medications to correct their heartbeat and reduce fluid buildup.
- Change in diet: A low-sodium diet can reduce fluid buildup.